Highlights

  • New SIM rules applicable from Dec 1

  • Agents to face penalties for non-compliance

  • Bulk SIM sales banned, KYC mandatory

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Stricter SIM card rules to be implemented in India from December 1: See what has changed

The Indian government's new SIM card rules, effective from December 1, aim to prevent fraud by banning bulk SIM sales, enforcing mandatory KYC requirements, and holding agents accountable with penalties for non-compliance.  

Stricter SIM card rules to be implemented in India from December 1: See what has changed

The Indian government's new SIM card regulations, scheduled to be implemented from December 1, 2023, promise significant changes to the country's telecom sector.

These rules will effectively curb fraudulent activities and strengthen consumer protection.

Registration and Accountability

Under the upcoming regulations, point-of-sale agents are mandated to enter into agreements with telecom service providers to deter unlawful conduct.

Failure to comply may result in penalties of up to ₹10 lakh and a three-year suspension of association with the telco. This move aims to identify, blacklist, and eradicate rogue sellers from telecom systems within 12 months from December 1.

Mandatory KYC Requirements

The revised guidelines emphasise the compulsion of demographic details for the purchase of new SIM cards and the replacement of existing ones.

These details will be captured by scanning the QR code on the individual's Aadhar card, enhancing security and accountability.

Furthermore, a 90-day interval is mandated for the reassignment of a mobile number to a new customer after disconnection by the previous user.

Notably, a complete KYC process is necessary for SIM replacements, coupled with a temporary 24-hour restriction on outgoing and incoming SMS services.

Ban on Bulk SIM Sales

In a bid to combat digital fraud, the government has prohibited the bulk sale of SIM cards.

However, exemptions are provided for business, corporate, or event-related purchases, subject to stringent KYC norms for each individual SIM card.

Despite this crackdown, customers are still allowed to procure up to 9 SIM cards using a single ID card, maintaining a balance between security measures and consumer convenience.

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